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Met Office forecasts help keep The Open in full swing

7.52am 14th July 2011 - Travel - This story was updated on Thursday, July 14th, 2011

The world’s best golfers will be battling with the elements this weekend as they compete for golf’s oldest Major at Royal St George’s Golf Club in Kent.

The Met Office forecasters work closely with the R&A to ensure that players and spectators benefit from the best possible forecasts throughout The Open Championship. They are based with the on-course officials throughout practice and the tournament to give minute-by-minute updates on developing weather.

Grant Moir, Director of Rules with the R&A, said: “Having the Met Office forecaster on site is a great help to us. To know what weather we’re likely to get in terms of possible suspensions of play and, if we have had to suspend, when we might be able to resume play, is invaluable for us.”

Robin Thwaytes, Met Office forecaster at Royal St George’s, said: “The Open is set to start with favourable weather for the competitors, but over the weekend the potential for strong winds and rain should make for more challenging conditions.”

Met Office forecasts currently indicate that the tournament will start in fine weather before the wind picks up and conditions become unsettled for the weekend.

The Met Office will be providing a range of forecasts for The Open including:

  • The special events web pages that enable visitors to view the forecast up to five days in advance.
  • Weather forecasts on our YouTube site.
  • Latest weather updates on our Twitter and Facebook pages throughout the Championship.

Met Office Open Forecast  www.metoffice.gov.uk/events/open-golf-championship

       

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